KINGMAN, Ariz. - Frank Joseph Kocab was born to Frank Joseph Kocab and Mary Catherine Rauch on May 25, 1925, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mr. Kocab, formerly of Roundup, Mont., passed away only 10 days after being diagnosed with cancer, in his home in Kingman, on April 25, 2002.
On July 1, 1947, he married Betty Marie Jackson. Together, they had six children. He was preceded in death by son Sandy Kocab of Billings, in 1988.
Survived and tremendously missed by wife Betty of Kingman; sons Rick Kocab of Deming, N.M., Dan and John Kocab of Billings; and daughters Beth Harrelson, also of Billings, and Joanne Borell of Wilson, Kan. He was also the proud grandfather of 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Kocab served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, stationed in Africa for three years. He worked for the Dan Dee potato chip company in Pittsburgh and eventually became an owner-operator of a delivery route until 1975. In late 1975, he and his family left Pittsburgh and began a successful business as owner of motels in New Mexico, Florida and Kansas for the remainder of his career.
He retired to Roundup in 1987 to be closer to some of his children who had made their homes in Billings.
Mr. Kocab loved playing and coaching baseball with his sons. He also enjoyed golfing and was one of the original wrestling fans. He took care and pride in the Christmas village he built every year to please his children when they were young. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus (Roundup) and an active member in the Catholic Church in each place that he lived. He was a loving father and an honorable, hard-working man.
Viewing will be at Smith's Downtown Chapel, Wednesday, May 1, at 5 p.m. Funeral mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2210 Colton Boulevard, Thursday, May 2, at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Terrace Gardens Cemetery, 304 34th St. West.